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From Naomi Slater <>
Subject Re: on "meritocracy"
Date Thu, 28 Mar 2019 14:37:16 GMT
On Thu, 28 Mar 2019 at 15:26, Mark Thomas <> wrote:

> I have no clue on where to start with this and I'm not sure I'd be able
> to tell a good provider from a bad one. How about this. We have a D&I
> team (diversity and inclusion) at work. I could approach them for some
> recommendations. Thoughts?

good idea. probably best not to do this evaluation on-list. I'd be happy to
review suggestions (whether they're generated by your contacts, or found
via research)

Mark also wrote:

> I don't think framing this as a failure of projects is helpful. I'd
frame it as helping projects attract and retain a diverse set of

I'd argue that it's actually the failure of the foundation. we're
responsible for instilling the "apache way", so we're responsible for its
shortcomings. and our diversity stats *do* reveal some pretty large

to put it another way: voluntary contribution is the life-blood of this
organization. our ability to attract contributions is our number one
biggest asset. "meritocracy" is one of the ideologies we use in service of
that goal

and if you look at the actual stats: it appears that we're not doing a very
good job at this number one, most crucial thing we should be doing. there
are huge chunks of people we are failing to attract/recognize/retain!

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